I love September because it’s when all the Autumn/Winter homes collections come out, and I can lust after all the new things in the shops. I’ll be sharing some of the best stuff with you over the next few weeks, and today I’m going to kick off with one of my favourite places to bag a bargain – Dunelm Mill (stores nationwide and online at www.Dunelm-mill.co.uk). The best thing to buy at…

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Every bargain hunter knows pound shops are a fantastic place to go for cheap stationery, gardening bits, kitchen stuff and cleaning kit. I often get bathroom essentials like toothpaste and shampoo there too, but I’d never really looked at the other beauty stuff. Until Monday in Poundland, that is, when I found myself loading up my basket… My haul included a cute Japanese wasbag; geisha and Russian doll nail file, tweezer and…

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Everyone needs some small Tupperware containers in their lives. Since I was given a set of four cute nesting tubs with lids from Paperchase, I’ve used them constantly – for taking biscuits or snacks to work; holding loose change; taking face cream away in on holiday; storing herbs in the kitchen; and providing hours of entertainment for visiting children (who love stacking them inside each other then taking them apart again). In…

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Today’s entry comes courtesy of my friend Rosie* – the minute I saw it, I just had to share it with you. Called the “Social Shower Curtain”, it’s a shower curtain that looks like a Facebook page. There’s a clear window for you to peek through (as Rosie is so kindly demonstrating, above) where the photo would go; and lots of funny status updates (eg: “Shower Curtain is in a relationship with…

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I know Orla Kiely’s retro prints are everywhere, but I still like ’em. I’m hankering after the stem duvet set for my bedroom and I love the ceramic storage jars, below – a row would look amazing in my kitchen. However, as is often the case with things I lust after, they’re not cheap. At £20 minimum for the smaller ceramic jars (at John Lewis and Heals), I’m not likely to realise…

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